The ACC's top scoring duo reeled in all-conference honors Sunday, as Duke sophomore Grayson Allen was named a first team All-ACC selection and Brandon Ingram was tabbed ACC Freshman of the Year, in addition to landing on the conference's second team.
Allen led the Blue Devils with 21.5 points per game during the regular season, including four 30-point outbursts. A year after posting just 4.4 points per contest as a freshman, the Jacksonville, Fla., native exploded onto the scene in 2015-16 and is likely to set a new record for the largest increase in scoring from one year to the next in league history.
That pending achievement, though, was not enough to earn Allen the league's Most Improved Player award, which went to Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame, also a first-team All-ACC Choice. Allen and Blossomgame were joined on the first team by ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, North Carolina forward Brice Johnson—who hurt Duke with 47 points and 40 rebounds in the teams' two meetings this season—and N.C. State point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber, who led the league in scoring.
Allen could become the ninth Duke player ever to lead the team in scoring and assists.
Ingram became the fourth Blue Devil freshman since 2012 to capture Freshman of the Year honors, following in the recent footsteps of Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker and Austin Rivers. The Kinston, N.C., native poured in 16.7 points per game in the regular season and picked up his rebounding numbers following the midseason injury to senior captain Amile Jefferson, finishing with 6.8 boards per contest. Ingram's eight double-doubles were tops among ACC newcomers.
The second-team All-ACC was guard-heavy, with Ingram joining Miami's Sheldon McClellan, Louisville's Damion Lee, Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson and Syracuse's Michael Gbinije.
Johnson was the only member of the regular season champion Tar Heels to earn an All-ACC nod, though senior Marcus Paige and sophomore Justin Jackson received honorable mention.
Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga was named Coach of the Year.
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